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How to resist Halloween candy with meditation

Sugar.  Childhood obesity.  Adult onset diabetes.  Makes one anxious.  Feeling uncomfortable?  Hey, h ave something sweet.  Then, beat yourself up.  Then try to get back in “control” of it.  Then, eat it again.  And again.  Try to stop.  Can’t?  If this sounds familiar, you are so Not Alone.  Me, I ask Jizo to hold the [...]

By | 2015-10-15T10:14:35+00:00 October 15th, 2015|Holidays, Meditation, Uncategorized|1 Comment

How to let go of fear, a Jizo visualization

Our minds are full of thoughts, many of which do not serve us well, even causing physical and emotional pain, unnecessarily. We long for healing but our habitual thoughts block our progress at every turn. We have expectations of permanent change instead of accepting that we are works-in-progress. How can we let go of those [...]

By | 2015-09-07T18:15:44+00:00 September 7th, 2015|Meditation, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Does marriage make us fat? The Binge Buddy Effect

Binge Buddies? Fat Serenity? Fear of intimacy? Do married couples eat more? The research says yes, which is all the more reason to practice mindful eating, get to know Jizo and stay grounded because, for most of us, intimacy is not what we bargained for.  […]

By | 2014-11-27T12:22:01+00:00 November 27th, 2014|Therapy, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Healing your pelvic floor with Buddhism

Most folks in the West don’t know who Jizo is; I don’t expect them to. They know even less about how the Buddhist bodhisattva relates to the health of our pelvic floors. Such things are never written about. But the relationship is much closer than even lovers of Jizo may realize. In Sanskrit, Jizo’s name, [...]

By | 2014-11-25T11:41:15+00:00 November 25th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

We Are All a Little Broken… Don’t get over it

We all are a little broken. And that’s okay. Really, it is. In “The Art of Happiness” the Dalai Lama confided to his interviewer that he had a huge regret. He then shared a very sad story. The interviewer asked him if he ever got over it. The Dalai Lama was surprised. “Get over it? [...]

By | 2014-09-05T11:41:19+00:00 September 5th, 2014|Therapy, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Surrendering Narcissism? It Hurts So Bad

Ever get into a huff that things are not going your way? Are you hurt when you don’t feel understood, and then think that there is either a) something wrong with you or b) something wrong with the person who hurt or insulted you? We toss the term narcissistic around like a ball. We insult [...]

By | 2014-08-28T18:22:58+00:00 August 28th, 2014|Mindfulness, Psychology, Therapy, Uncategorized|0 Comments

#MeditationChallenge: Try 30 Days, 5 Minutes a Day

Almost everyone I know who meditates, quits.  They get excited to start, but then they quickly become disappointed that enlightenment doesn’t look the way they expected. No, meditation doesn’t raise us to a state of Always Peaceful or Always Patient With Loved Ones. It doesn’t remove Self-Loathing or Resentment Toward Lots of People.   […]

By | 2014-08-06T10:09:58+00:00 August 6th, 2014|Meditation, Uncategorized|0 Comments

I Hate My Husband, I Hate My Wife: Healing through The F*ck You Letter

There is an underbelly to our most intimate relationships: the dark side of love. When people announce they are getting married, we might give our condolences along with our congratulations to offer a more holistic picture of the institution. Until then, let’s work out some of the awful kinks. […]

By | 2014-08-01T14:56:14+00:00 August 1st, 2014|Therapy, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Hate to Meditate? Try Tapping into Jizo

In the ongoing quest to mend our anxious minds, many of us are drawn to meditation. Once we begin, we find that we fidget, we get sleepy, we get bored. We don’t do it right, we fail, we quit, we start again only to quit again. Our expectations of finding peace are not met and [...]

By | 2014-07-07T09:26:31+00:00 July 7th, 2014|Meditation, Uncategorized|0 Comments